Coombe Wood School

Open Evening September 2023


Coombe Wood School Open Evening, Wednesday 20th September 2023

5pm - 8pm (last entry 7.45pm) 


Our Mission Statement and Core Values 

Displaying and developing the human values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment,  discipline and sportsmanship in our daily lives, as we journey together towards  discovering and reaching our true personal bests. 



Dear students and parents/carers, 

Thank you for your interest in Coombe Wood School (CWS). I do hope your visit to our Open Mornings or Open Evening will provide you with a better understanding of the school and a chance to meet the wonderful students and staff. However, if you are unable to visit, I would like to use this letter to highlight some of the things I will be speaking about to our visitors.

As a parent, I am aware that choosing a secondary school is an extremely important decision and that you are quite rightly concerned that you have as much information as possible to ensure that you make the right choice for your child. You will find key information in this prospectus but there is much more detailed information on all aspects of Coombe Wood School on our website. It is important to remember that not all schools are right for all students so please consider carefully the strengths and ethos of each school to ensure you find the perfect match for you. 

As the new Headteacher, it is a pleasure to see both  staff and students embracing our mission  statement and core values, and I very much hope that through your tour of our  new state of the art facilities and this pack, you will get a real sense of just how important positive relationships are to life at CWS. Outstanding student / staff relationships lie at the heart of every successful  school and it has been my great pleasure to see how these have flourished in CWS classrooms, assemblies, extra-curricular activities, House competitions, musical performances and Health Related Fitness sessions.  

We are very proud of what our school offers to the development of the whole child, and the staff here thoroughly enjoy our students developing and grow into positive young adults who will no doubt thrive in 21st century Britain. Of course health, happiness and positive relationships are only one step towards all round success and you will also want to know about our curriculum and how we  are setting about the task of preparing our students for GCSE, A level and beyond.  For this reason, we have included our Year 7 Curriculum Booklet in the  documentation to give you an overview of what learning looks like inside and  outside of the classroom during the first year of study at CWS. 

The Evolve curriculum at Coombe Wood School is designed specifically with our Year 7 students at its heart, in order to provide them with the necessary skills to succeed in secondary education. The cross-curricular approach to learning provides our students with fun and engaging opportunities with an underlining focus on numeracy and literacy. Lessons are planned and carried out to support and encourage skills of resilience, perseverance and independence which are in line with our core values. The focus on teaching and learning here is relentless. Whether it be teachers planning exciting  lessons, students engaging and working to their very best, parents / carers  sending their children to school in stunning uniform after a good night's sleep or  indeed the support staff at CWS making sure everything runs smoothly, it is fair to say that lots of people invest every day in making our classrooms special places  of learning. Our job is to make sure they stay special, every lesson, every day. We leave nothing to chance - we believe with the right support and encouragement, our students can and do achieve results as good as those of students across the country. It points to excellence in teaching and learning and knowledge about what is needed in order to be successful in exams. Equally, all students will experience a range of other opportunities to enrich and enhance their experience at our school. 

We do not just have happy students, we have students who are going places and  who, as our mission statement says, are given every opportunity to discover and  reach their true personal bests. I very much hope you enjoy your visit to Coombe  Wood School and, if your family values align with those of our school, we would  of course very much welcome your application. 

Ms N Williams

Headteacher - Coombe Wood School

Curriculum Intent Statement 2023/24

Year7 Curriculum Booklet

CWS House System 

Contact Us

Coombe Wood School

30 Melville Avenue

South Croydon


Telephone: 0208 289 4745



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